We saw the majorly face lifted Lincoln MKX at last month’s Detroit show, but Ford took the mystery away from the also-impressive 2011 Ford Edge. An updated exterior, stunning interior, next-generation hands-free communications, and a range of power options will keep crossover buyers rolling into Ford showrooms.
New grilles and trim look cool, but its engines are powerfully hot. Returning is a 3.5-litre V6, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, now producing 285 horsepower and achieving 27-MPG highway. Extending Ecoboost turbo engines to the Edge, Ford will offer a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that gets 30% better fuel economy than achieved in 2006 while producing power comparable to a V6. Those wanting to Mustangize their Edge in terms of performance will opt for the Sport model and its 305-horsepower 3.7-litre V6.
Interiors in the outgoing Edge looked pretty good, but this one will blow away luxury buyers with beautiful woodgrain across the dashboard, LCD auxiliary instruments, sporty-three-spoke steering wheel, and Sony-designed audio controls. MyFord Touch builds on SYNC, providing voice-activated calling, navigation, and audio control. Grace Notes allows owners to connect their iPOD through a USB port and flip through simulated album covers on the in-dash touchscreen to find the songs they desire. As with MyLincoln Touch in the MKX, MyFord Touch will change audio volume and fan speeds with the swipe of a hand.
Edge Sport is the version you’d want to hand off to the club valet. You’ll know it by its Tuxedo Black grille, smoked headlamps, body-color rocker moldings, and optional 22-inch aluminum wheels. Oval chrome exhaust tips and lower front and rear facias confirm the seriousness of the Edge Sport’s performance. Aluminum pedals, smoke metallic leather seat inserts, and paddle shifters confirm sporty side inside.
Here are our picks for the Top Five new models from the show. Click on a photo below.